Misty Copeland: ‘Swan Lake’ Role is a “Huge Step for the Ballet World”

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Misty Copeland for Vanity Fair photographed by Patrick Frase

Misty Copeland for Vanity Fair photographed by Patrick Frase

Before ballerina Misty Copeland made her New York debut as the Swan Queen in American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake, she spoke with Vanity Fair about he magnitude of the role:

“To be the first African-American woman to dance this role with American Ballet Theatre is a huge step for the ballet world, and I take on this opportunity with tremendous care and understanding of what it means for the growth of this art form.”

The history-making ABT soloist also posed for a Vanity Fair story lensed by Patrick Frase in New York City. See more photos below.

Misty Copeland for Vanity Fair photographed by Patrick Frase

Misty Copeland for Vanity Fair photographed by Patrick Frase

Misty Copeland for Vanity Fair photographed by Patrick Frase

Misty Copeland for Vanity Fair photographed by Patrick Frase

Misty Copeland for Vanity Fair photographed by Patrick Frase

Misty Copeland for Vanity Fair photographed by Patrick Frase

Misty Copeland for Vanity Fair photographed by Patrick Frase

Misty Copeland for Vanity Fair photographed by Patrick Frase


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